Keeping up with our monthly routine at Guiding Tech, we are back with a new list of the best Android apps for September 2018. And as always, these new apps are free on the Google Play Store.
This month's list has an app for everything, from a cool photo editor to a productivity booster. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
1. Text Scanner [OCR]
Your search for the perfect OCR tool ends with Text Scanner [OCR]. This app can extract text from images with much accuracy (bigger the text, better is the result) and gets your work done in a matter of seconds.
The UI is simple. All you have to do is point your camera and capture the image.
Text Scanner can read almost any printed text. If the text appears small, you can use the built-in magnifier to, well, magnify the text. What's more, if you do notice some errors in the text extraction you can edit them before saving.
As far as handwriting goes it works just fine, but don't expect miracles out of it.
Imagine a photo of a lone hot dog stand on a quiet street with its red and yellow umbrella gently billowing in the wind. What if I tell you that you that you can create tiny videos from still images?
Well, the StoryZ Photo Motion & Cinemagraph app (let's call it StoryZ for now) allows you to create great cinemagraphs from the comforts of your phone. For those who are unaware, cinemagraphs are still images with tiny moving elements.
So, if you have a photo of clouds, StoryZ can bring them to life by making them swirl. In a nutshell, cinemagraphs are similar to GIFs, but more beautiful contextually.
Cinemagraphs are still images with tiny moving elements
StoryZ has three basic ingredients for creating motion photos— Motion, Stabilize, and Mask. Motion and Stabilize are pretty much self-explanatory. Mask lets you select a portion of the image which you don't want to move at all. Check the image below to see how I masked the traffic and road areas.
Once you've established all the points, tap on the Play button to see the results. My only gripe is that the high-resolution downloads demand you to pay for the premium subscription.
Psst ... we'll soon upload the cinemagraph of the above image on our Instagram page.
It's true that there's no scarcity of apps on the Play Store. But to be honest, the best ones are often paid. Take the example of Nova Prime or for that matter, almost any icon pack. And in seven cases out of ten, it makes sense to spend on these apps. But on some occasions, well ...
Thankfully, from time to time app developers mark their apps free for a few days, and the job of App Hoarder is to list out those particular apps. The UI is simple and easy to understand. The good thing is that it redirects you to the Play Store as soon as you tap on a particular app.
Plus, you get a bunch of filters to search for apps. So, if you're looking for Arcade games with more than 4.0 rating and zero in-app purchases, you can do that too.
One of the newest lyrics apps on the market is 1lyrics. With support for both offline and online lyrics, this app simplifies the art of displaying the words of a song. While it doesn't have fancy features like auto scroll, the good thing is that it recognizes songs once they start streaming.
Currently, 1Lyrics supports music streaming apps like Play Music, Amazon Music, Gaana, and offline music player like BlackPlayer.
Usually, the Android device settings have all the details about the phone like make, software version, etc. However, not all phones show precise details like the percentage of RAM being used, CPU details, and more. The developers of the Inware app attempt to bridge this gap with their app.
The Inware app lists both the software details as well as the hardware specifications. Especially the granular ones like the CPU usage or the aperture of the camera lens. Quite obviously, you'd have to grant a few permissions to let this app function at its best.
Android launchers are a dime a dozen on the Play Store. The general trend among the app launcher is that they are feature rich and offer a ton of customizations. So, if you are looking for a clean stock Android experience, the Rootless Launcher is your best option.
It has all the essential Google elements like the Google Now Panel and the At a Glance widget. Unlike other launchers, there's a slight caveat to the installation process. You'd have to install the Rootless Pixel Bridge first, so to get the most out of this app.
Fun Fact: At the time of writing, the Rootless Launcher was only two weeks old and has already seen 100 thousand downloads.
Netflix seems to have inspired a whole new genre of apps and services in following its subscription system. And Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft's attempt at extending its gaming subscription system to the Android platform.
From managing your Xbox account to getting notified about new exclusive games, the Xbox Game Pass has plenty in store for the Xbox One owners. What's more, you can even download and install games straight to your console from your smartphone, which in my opinion is pretty neat. Plus, there's also a 14-day free trial.
The app is still in beta, so expect bugs. But then, it's a Microsoft product, so hopefully, they will be ironed out soon.
Note: If you've used the Game Pass Trial before, you won't get the option to enable Trial in the app.